Plans submitted to convert Poets area care home into 13 affordable homes

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65 Chaucer Road. Bedford (image: Screenshot Google Streetview (C)Google 2023 Image captured September 2020)

Thirteen affordable homes could become available in Bedford’s Poets if plans to convert a care home for older people are approved.

An application to change the use of 65 Chaucer Road, Bedford from a “residential Institution providing accommodation for older people” into 13 affordable homes has been submitted to Bedford Borough Council.

The application “only seeks” the change of use of the existing building with no internal or external changes.

The applicants said the proposed 13 studio flats would deliver “significant benefits” as they will help satisfy the urgent need for affordable housing in the borough.

They added that there are no proposed changes to the existing parking arrangement and it is “important to note” that there are no new units of accommodation proposed.
Therefore, they said, the proposal would not result in a net increase in vehicle demand.

More information on the change of use application can be found on the council’s planning portal, reference 23/00325/COU. The overall consultation expiry date is Thursday 13 April.

by John Guinn
Local Democracy Reporter